Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121)

Occupation description:  Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 725709 -2.20 2121
United States 397,900412,300 3.61,440 11,41012,850

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.4112.8815.67 18.9423.8229.85
Alaska 34.1120.7427.11 34.2841.6047.80
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.7821.7527.76 35.4243.2047.49
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.7322.0126.22 30.7843.8354.97
Southeast Region 27.7116.5418.44 27.1034.1638.95
Balance of State 35.0023.5528.43 35.2141.7048.01

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,321424 32.133.5 22.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation209
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation26
UI claimants previously working in occupation248
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 957
Number of job position postings 146
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces
Welding
Welding and Cutting

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

 Degree
Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Combination Welding Certificate
Pipe Welding Certificate

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Welding Certificate

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate
OSHA 10/30 hour Construction Outreach Certificate
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Construction Technology

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Welding Materials Technology Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Advanced Welding/W403
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Fabrication Welding/W415
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023
Pipe Welding/W414
Structural Welding Level One/W400
Ultimate Welding Program/W404

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Welding

 Degree
Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Tank Farm Welding Certification Certificate
Welding Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Advanced Welding OEC
Nondestructive Testing Tech OEC
Weld & NonDestruct Test Tech AAS
Welding OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Welding Technology CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Welding CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Entry Level Welder OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Welding OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Making It in the Big City (April 2006)